Hove Park students Alfie & Oliver have been celebrating recently and rightly so, against huge competition they both secured places at the prestigious BRIT School, the UK’s leading Performing and Creative Arts school. Below are their write ups highlighting their journeys. Well done to you both!
Alfie showed an interest in performing from a young age and started attending Goldman’s Stage School every Saturday at the age of 7 to train in dance, singing and acting. At the age of 11 Alfie successfully auditioned for the role of a newsboy in a professional production of Gypsy, at Chichester Festival Theatre, starring Imelda Staunton. This was an amazing experience for Alfie and really ignited his passion for performing and his pursuit of grabbing every opportunity to get on stage. Alfie has gone onto perform in numerous productions with Hove Park School, Apollo Productions and several professional shows at Chichester Festival Theatre. Credits at Hove Park School have included Marius in Les Miserables, Link in Hairspray and Emmett in Legally Blonde. Apollo Productions have given Alfie the opportunity to be part of youth and adult productions, with credits including ensemble in The Producers, Cagey Joe in Bugsy Malone, Enjolras in Les Miserables and Gus in The Pajama Game. Alfie also performed in the Alan Bennet play ’40 Years On’ at Chichester Festival Theatre which involved performing every night for a 6 week run which really showed his commitment to the world of performing arts. Alfie has continued to be supported by great teachers at Goldman’s Stage School, Hove Park School and Apollo Productions who have all been integral to developing Alfie’s performance skills and giving him great opportunities. Alfie continues to take every opportunity he can to perform and will be performing as a backing singer at 'Main Men In Musicals’ in London very soon which is another very exciting opportunity.
In September Alfie made the decision to apply to colleges to pursue his dream of a career in musical theatre. Alfie set his sights on The BRIT School of Performing Arts after an inspirational visit on their open day. The competition was very tough, with only 7 places, out of a total 70 available to out of area applicants. Despite this, Alfie decided to go for it and apply. The audition process was fairly rigorous and nerve wracking but, on Thursday 7th March, Alfie was over the moon to receive a letter from The BRIT School offering him a place on their Musical Theatre course.
The last couple of years I’ve worked really hard on my singing, dancing and acting and performed in every show I possibly could. I appeared in Hairspray and Legally Blonde at Hove Park School, and Les Miserables, the History Boys, the Wizard of Oz and Rock of Ages outside of school, as well as the Secret Garden in the West End.
I went to the Brit school audition in January and had to sing two songs, perform two contemporary dances, a Shakespeare monologue and perform a devised piece from a script. I am really pleased that I have been offered place at BRIT and am thinking about going and spending time studying musical theatre, which I’m really excited about. I however, have other options to consider but if I do decide to go, I’m sure it would be an amazing experience and great fun.